Be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. Joshua 1: 7-8
Russell Maynard tasted death twice. Perhaps he is ready to live for Christ now. Russell first tasted death after an electric utility line accident. He survived electrocution because his friend provided mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Russell tasted death again after a fork lift accident at work. He lost portions of internal organs but beat the odds and survived. Russell is grateful for life after tasting death twice.
I met Russell at the Rivers Edge Concert Series. We talked about country music, life after death, and God’s providence. Russell acknowledged his sin and his need for the Savior.
People ask Russell, “Why did God allow you to live?”
In the past, he would respond, “I don’t know. I am searching for the reason.”
From now on I hope he will answer, “Because God wanted to save me from hell. Though I am a sinner, Christ died for me. Now that I have put my faith in him alone for eternal salvation, he has given me new life. Now I follow him. I am grateful for eternal life.”
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We share Christ with men who are tasting death.
Mike’s heroin addiction led to his incarceration. But Mike’s story is about how God’s grace led to freedom. Here’s how getting locked up made Mike a free man.
Mike was part of the growing heroin epidemic in Cincinnati. After his brother died an untimely death, he became addicted to heroin. That lasted about three years. Mike lost track of those years.
But Mike has a God story.
Mike grew up in the Oneida Baptist Institute boarding home. He learned about the Gospel and the power of God. Christians showed him the love of Christ.
And when Mike was arrested, the police officer shared his testimony. He shared his story about how God humbled him. Mike thought about that while he was going through heroin detox. God was working on him.
While in jail, Mike also thought about how blessed he was. You see, Mike was locked up long enough to go through heroin detox. Most of the people who go to jail on drug charges get released within a day. Then they return to the street and remain a slave to heroin. Mike is grateful to God that he was able to detox and become a free man.
While he was in jail, Mike asked for a Bible. But inmates who are only locked up a couple weeks do not get library privileges.
Mike was released Saturday. He got his bible. And he got some encouragement from the book of Joel: God can restore lost years. Finally, Mike heard the law and the Gospel of Christ.
Let’s pray for Mike. He was a slave to sin. But Christ offers freedom.
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“…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
We help Bailey see that he is guilty of violating God’s law. Then we share the biblical gospel and explain the critical difference between “infused” and “imputed” righteousness.
Pray that Bailey will trust in Christ alone for forgiveness.